The Chicago (Ill.) Department of Transportation (CDOT) has released a strategic transportation plan that it’s calling “the nation’s first” urban plan developed in the wake of the pandemic, economic and racial justice crises of 2020. Also, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is now accepting applications for its Outstanding Achievement Award for Excellence in Environmental Document Preparation.
Anshooman Aga will take over as Harsco Corp. Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer on Aug. 16, succeeding Peter Minan; he becomes a member of the Harsco Executive Leadership Team.
Union Pacific (UP) on July 22 reported second-quarter 2021 results, including freight revenue of $5.132 billion, up 29% from the prior-year period, with a 22% increase in business volumes, as measured by total revenue carloads.
Canadian Pacific has responded to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) investigation update concerning the June 30, 2021 fire in Lytton, B.C., which occurred in the vicinity of Mile 98.3 on CN’s Ashcroft Subdivision by stating that “railways are not a significant cause of wildfires in B.C., contrary to media and government speculation” and that “it is irresponsible and misleading to imply that railways are to blame for the fire.”
A proposed 150-kilometer (93-mile) Calgary-Banff passenger rail project is moving ahead, following the release of a detailed MOU (memorandum of understanding) from Invest Alberta Corp., Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation (Alberta Transportation) and Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB).
Northern California’s Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) has assumed freight operations and common carrier duties from Northwestern Pacific Railroad Company in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties, after acquiring right-of-way from the North Coast Railroad Authority.
Transport Canada’s National Trade Corridors Fund (NTCF) has received an additional C$1.9 billion (US$1.52 billion) to finance new projects that support Canadian road, rail, air and marine shipping route improvements “to foster domestic and international trade.”
Editor’s Note: Due to recent forest fires in Northern California, Union Pacific’s (UP) Dry Canyon Bridge and nine miles of track sustained damage. Here is the story of how the railroad’s team fought the fires and are now rebuilding infrastructure; it was originally posted on the Class I’s website. UP estimates that the bridge will reopen Sept. 1.
The California High-Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) and the city of Palmdale have entered into an agreement to supply matching funds for a $1.35 million RAISE grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that, if awarded, would support completion of the city’s Station Implementation Master Plan.
Tshiuetin, the first Indigenous owned and operated railroad in Canada, will receive C$55 million (US$44.1 million) from the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and the government of Quebec for modernization efforts.